Martin Ray Russian River Chardonnay 2010
Wine Enthusiast: Rated as an Editor's Choice and as Excellent, extremely well made and highly recommended. “So good for this price. Rich and creamy and ripe in tropical fruit, green apple and pear flavors, with the perfect touch of buttered toast from oak, and all that balanced and brightened with crisp acidity. Just want you want in a California Chardonnay. " Dec 2011 (Advance)
Winery: "Our Chardonnay is pressed in small lots with whole clusters, then mostly native yeast is used in the fermentation process with very little malolactic in order to retain brightness. The wine is 100% barrel fermented for seven months in French oak; 15% new oak, 85% 1–4 year old barrels. Aging in French oak barrels “on the lees” develops rounder, creamier texture in the wine. A nice jewel-like nose with inviting aromas of fresh juicy pear and spice notes. Rich flavors of lemon, crème brulee, light spice and toast are framed by an oak backbone. Finishes dry and crisp with a pronounced minerality. Pair with a succulent dish of fresh lobster tails with a rich butter sauce, fettuccine alfredo or a butternut squash soup".
Wired For Wine: Dry, crisp, and minerally, you will love this Martin Ray Chardonnay. Pour your first glasses to enjoy with mini lobster rolls and rosemary/ginger vinaigrette. You might not make it to the entree... If you are game, then the crisp nature, fresh fruit and citrus, and minerally presence of this Russian River Valley Chardonnay are beautiful with fish, shellfish, chicken, ham and much more, but especially with even-roasted turkey. If you're looking to make a big pot of something for a crowd, how about a twist on a classic: shrimp and corn chowder. The crisp, clean cut of this Martin Ray white loves buttery sauces, so we suggest seared scallops with tomato beurre blanc. This California white is terrific with all things creamy, so another choice is gratineed chicken in cream sauce with skinny French beans on the side. What'll it be winelovers? We can't think of a better way to bring your meal to a close than with a newly opened bottle and the wonderful flavors of an American Laurier goat cheese. Add some dried apricots and toasted walnut bread and you can officially call it a party!
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 7 months in French oak; 15% new oak, 85% 1–4 year old barrels
Region: Russian River Valley, California
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